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Brenton (Schooner), U3202, aground, 12 Nov 1896

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Cleveland, O., Nov. 13. -- A high northwest wind and snow caused considerable excitement with a couple of small vessels outside of Cleveland harbor this morning. The barge MARINE CITY got away from one of the harbor tugs and drifted ashore inside the east breakwater, but was soon released.
The BRENTON, a small trader of about 50 tons, was not so fortunate. She drifted on to the breakwater after dropping an anchor. Her crew were taken off with considerable difficulty by the lifesavers, who climbed on to the breakwater. The vessel went to pieces about an hour later.
      Milwaukee Evening Wisconsin
      Friday, November 13, 1896
      Schooner BRENTON Driven Ashore by the Gale.
      Her Crew Saved After a Hard Struggle - Blinding Snow Storm.
      Cleveland, O., Nov. 12. - The schooner BRENTON was driven ashore just east of the river piers this morning in a terrific storm of wind and snow. The life-saving crew succeeded after much difficulty in rescuing the crew of five men. The schooner is pounding hard and will soon be a total wreck.
      The schooner MARINE CITY, coal-laden, was also blown ashore near the river entrance, but was pulled off without being seriously damaged. The wind is blowing 40 miles an hour from the northwest and is accompanied by a blinding snow storm. A very heavy sea is running and but few vessels are venturing out.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Friday, November 13, 1896

The schooner BRENTON was wrecked just east of Cleveland this morning and the crew were rescued with difficulty.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Friday, November 13, 196

Schooner BRENTON. U. S. No. 3202. Of 50.38 tons gross; 47.88 tons net. Built Gibralter, Mich., 1882. Home port, Detroit, Mich. 71.0 x 20.5 x 4.3
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1891


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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.4995 Longitude: -81.69541
William R. McNeil
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Brenton (Schooner), U3202, aground, 12 Nov 1896